+ Cuts and burns --> I was bound to get a few scrapes in the pastry lab. I just didn't expect I'd have to cover my finger with a condom. Yup.
+ Wedding anniversary #2 --> This year we went to Le Ciel at the top of the Montparnasse tower to eat a fancy schmancy dinner (guess who's choice that was?!) and take in scenic views of Paris. From the food to the skyline, everything was very sparkly, but truth be told I enjoyed last year's celebration better.
+ Bob's crossed off --> Finally got to eat at Bob's Kitchen. It's only been on my to do list since forever. But what made the experience even better was going with a friend. MommaExpat, author of HJ Underway, joined me for some tasty smoothies and deeeelicious lunchtime fare.
+ Behavior management system --> Last week it was time to bring a few of my teaching tricks into the pastry lab. Why? Because we're all little petits cochons in class and stuff our piggy faces day in an day out. No joke. Something had to be done. My school rules were decidedly not working. But now we've got a system and boy is it doing the trick. Here's how it works: everyone's initials (and by everyone I mean six of us who are actually weird enough to do this) are written on the classroom white board. For every lick or taste that goes in your mouth you get a mark next to your initials. The person who has the most marks has to clean the dirty school laundry (aprons, uniforms, etc.) of the person with the least amount of marks. There are two "loopholes." You get to taste the final product without getting a mark and if you want to taste something else you can do 50 jumping jacks and not get a mark. Ridiculous for sure, but it's working like a charm. And guess who got their laundry done last week? THIS GIRL. Booya.
Until next time! And pray for no more blog breakdowns and for way more important things like the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy! I might be in France, but my heart's with the Jersey shore. Visit Serve.gov to learn about a few of the ways you can help the relief effort.